Keynote Speakers and Master of Ceremonies
Opening Keynote: Brady Fletcher, Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange
Brady Fletcher joined TMX Group in October 2016 and is the Managing Director of the TSX Venture Exchange. He is responsible for optimizing the client experience for all issuers and investors, and developing and implementing a multi-faceted strategy to drive sustainable long-term growth in a key element of the world’s most successful capital formation continuum. Based in Vancouver, Mr. Fletcher has spent his career in Canada’s venture market, with specialized experience working with growth stage issuers to develop financing, M&A and business development strategies. Mr. Fletcher was also Founder & CEO of Blackbook Technologies Inc., a start-up technology firm.
Opening Keynote: Eric Maino, Principal Software Engineering Lead, Microsoft
Eric Maino has been testing and developing software for over 15 years. Eric is currently working as an Principal Software Engineer Lead inside of the Commercial Software Engineering organization and has lately been focusing his time on Blockchain. Prior to joining Microsoft, Eric spent time as a consultant as focusing on open source Linux development to helping architect enterprise solutions with .NET in its’ infancy. Eric joined Microsoft in 2005 originally working on the C# IDE team and has since also spent time in Windows, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System, primarily focusing on developer productivity. Eric has a passion for architecting and building reusable, reliable and scalable software that is fun to read, develop and use.
Opening Keynote: Esther Kim, Global Blockchain Markets & Engagements Financial Services Sector Executive & SecureKey Alliance Mgr., IBM Industry Platforms
Ms. Kim is currently the Global Financial Services Sector Executive responsible for consulting financial institutions globally on digital transformation leveraging emerging technologies. She is responsible for prioritizing key financial services solutions and contributing towards the go to market plans for IBM Blockchain. Additionally, she is responsible for the IBM and SecureKey partnership alliance to launch the first commercial blockchain trust identity solution led by the Canadian banking community. IBM’s Industry Platforms organization is led by Bridget van Kralingen, SVP.
Closing Keynote: Jouko Ahvenainen, Founder and Executive Chairman, Grow VC Group
Jouko Ahvenainen is a serial-entrepreneur, e.g. co-founder of Grow VC Group, a pioneer in new funding solutions, including equity p2p investments. He participated in changing US finance regulation, getting the Senate and President to allow crowdfunding and has worked with EU finance regulation. Jouko is a founder, partner and board member in several innovative digital finance companies. Jouko is also an advisor for US, European and Asian investing and finance programs. Jouko has worked in teams to close several VC deals (from 150k USD to 15M USD). Before his serial entrepreneur career Jouko held senior positions at technology firms including Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc. and Nokia. Jouko has vast experience of international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived and worked in the UK, the US, Finland, Malaysia and run business in Hong Kong.
VF2017 Master of Ceremonies (Morning): Brittany Whitmore, Principal and Founder, Exvera Communications
Brittany Whitmore (@BritWhitmore) is a public relations professional and the founder of Exvera Communications where she specializes in PR for innovative and emerging technologies. She is also the founder and executive director of TEDxGastownWomen and a seasoned emcee and speaker. Brittany was named to BC Business Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2017.
VF2017 Master of Ceremonies (Afternoon): Shane Gibson, Author and Professional Speaker
Shane Gibson is an international speaker, and author on social media marketing, social selling and sales performance who has addressed over 100,000 people on stages in North America, Southern Africa, India, Dubai, Malaysia and South America. Shane Gibson is #5 on the Forbes.com list of the Top 30 Social Sales People in the World. His speaking and training clients include organizations such as The Ford Motor Company, CPA Canada, The US Department of Commerce, Corning Cable, BMO Financial, and dozens of other organization on 5 continents. Shane’s books include Sociable! – How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down. Closing Bigger – the Field Guide to Closing Bigger Deals and Guerrilla Social Media Marketing, co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson.